Herman Schopman: September 2021 Volunteer of the Month
Fifteen-year-old Gregor* was an exceptionally bright student and a junior in high school when he entered Child Protective Services (CPS). For years he had suffered abuse from his mother. Gregor would often run away, fearing his life at home. Gregory needed help—and advocate Herman Schopman rose to the occasion.
Herman began his work and learned of the traumatic experiences Gregor faced. Herman was committed to finding Gregor a safe place. When the two initially met, Gregor was painfully shy and nervous. At the time, he was living with a family friend, whom he would often run to seek help and support.
While the case progressed, Herman attempted to locate Gregor’s family, but he could not locate his father. Herman did manage to find Gregor’s grandparents and few other relatives. However, none of those potential homes proved to be a good fit for Gregor, and thankfully, his current foster home with a family friend provided him with a nurturing environment. Because of Herman’s commitment and efforts to the safety of Gregor, Gregor was able to stay with the family friend.
Herman’s work went beyond just finding him a loving, safe home. A couple of months into the case, Gregor’s mom passed away. Herman pushed for probate assistance to be provided for Gregor —and while this has been a slow, painful process— it is because of Herman’s advocacy and support that Gregor is doing remarkably well and has more support than he ever had before.
Today, Gregor is almost 18 years old, working and enjoying school; he has a particular interest in Forensic Sciences and hopes to see where that can take him. Gregor has also made several friends and is looking forward to his school’s homecoming dance.
Our advocates, like Herman, are committed to being a consistent presence for the children on their cases. They look out for the best interest of the child. They are committed to ensuring that no child falls through the cracks or lacks what they need to thrive. Herman’s incredible dedication and commitment to Houston's littlest victims make her a more than deserving recipient of our September "Volunteer of the Month" award.
Thank you, Herman, for helping Houston's abused and neglected children have hope for a brighter future.
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*Names were changed to protect the identity of the children we help.